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Cliff Glover

Cliff Glover

Cliff Glover

Cliff Glover


Instructor: Cliff Glover
May 23–27, 2018 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


There is no other object in the ceramic world as revered and misunderstood as the humble Chawan, or Japanese Tea Bowl.

In this class we will investigate the qualities a tea practitioner looks for when making and serving a ritual bowl of matcha.

Calligraphy artist, Gerow Reece, will assist with the class, demonstrating the Tea Ceremony, showing us how to whip up our own bowl of matcha, so that we can understand why some bowls might be more preferable to others.

Along with making our Chawans, we will make bamboo measuring tools and custom steel tools, which are essential for refining both handbuilt and wheel-thrown bowls. After the bisque firing there will be a glaze demo, then a raku firing. When convenient, we will watch a video about the 16th century Japanese Tea Master, Rikyu.

The class is open to both beginning and advanced students, hand builders and wheel throwers, and anyone who might want to understand more about Chado: The Way of Tea.


CLIFF GLOVER began studying ceramics in earnest back in 1989, while still working as an editor for Nevada Magazine. In 1991, he moved to California and enrolled in an advanced ceramics program at the Mendocino Art Center. After completion, Cliff and his partner, Marion Miller, opened a studio and gallery in Albion, California, and began earning a living with their chosen craft.

In the ‘90s, they also began studying the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Chanoyu, with Dr. Shozo Sato, learning how Taoist and Buddhist philosophy is expressed in the simple act of serving tea. The lessons were invaluable for gaining a deeper appreciation for ceramics as well as Japanese culture.

These days Cliff sells his work through his own studio/gallery; as well as through the Highlight Gallery, Mendocino; Northcoast Artists, Fort Bragg; and the Ren Brown Collection in Bodega Bay.

Visit Cliff Glover's website

Read about Cliff in Mendocino Arts magazine

Read more about Cliff
"Mud, Sweat, and Tears," Ceramics Monthly, September 1999
"Cobalt Blues," Ceramics Monthly, November 2000

View Cliff Glover Pottery

Current MAC Members: $463
Non-members: $515 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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